Tommaso Marcelli

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In the steadily expanding field of organocatalysis, cinchona alkaloids play a prominent role. Until the late 1990s, bifunctional catalysts based on this scaffold relied exclusively on the C9-hydroxy group as the hydrogen-bond donor. Recently, new cinchona catalysts have been developed that feature a phenolic OH group in the C6' position-a structural feature(More)
The mechanism of the catalytic Kinugasa reaction is investigated by means of density functional theory calculations. Different possible mechanistic scenarios are presented using phenanthroline as a ligand, and it is shown that the most reasonable one in terms of energy barriers involves two copper ions. The reaction starts with the formation of a(More)
Atropisomeric biaryls carrying ortho-hydroxymethyl and formyl groups were made enantioselectively by desymmetrisation of dialdehyde or diol substrates. The oxidation of the symmetrical diol substrates was achieved using a variant of galactose oxidase (GOase), and the reduction of the dialdehydes using a panel of ketoreductases. Either M or P enantiomers of(More)
An N-terminal L-α-methylvaline dimer induces complete conformational control over the screw sense of an otherwise achiral helical peptide foldamer formed from the achiral quaternary amino acids Aib and Ac6 c. The persistent right-handed screw-sense preference of the helix enables remote reactive sites to fall under the influence of the terminal chiral(More)
Deprotonation of benzylic ureas, carbamates, and thiocarbamates bearing N'-alkenyl substituents generates carbanions which undergo intramolecular migration of the alkenyl group to the carbanionic center. Solvolysis of the urea products generates α-alkenylated amines. With an enantiomerically pure starting urea, migration proceeds stereospecifically,(More)
Direct electrophilic borylation using Y(2)BCl (Y(2) = Cl(2) or o-catecholato) with equimolar AlCl(3) and a tertiary amine has been applied to a wide range of arenes and heteroarenes. In situ functionalization of the ArBCl(2) products is possible with TMS(2)MIDA, to afford bench-stable and easily isolable MIDA-boronates in moderate to good yields. According(More)
[reaction: see text] Cerium(III) chloride heptahydrate and sodium iodide in boiling acetonitrile promote cyclization of 3-hydroxyalkenoic acids esters giving 5-substituted tetrahydrofuranacetic acid esters and 6-substituted tetrahydropyranacetic acid esters in fair to good yield and with complete retention of the absolute configuration of the starting(More)